Today, I write to celebrate the life of Linda Fellendorf. Her bilateral profound congenital deafness diagnosis at age two transformed her life and the rest of the family.
Today, I write to celebrate the life of Linda Fellendorf. She was the beloved daughter of Hazel and George Fellendorf, born on Long Island, New York, the same year Ike Eisenhower became president (1952). Her bilateral profound congenital deafness diagnosis at age two transformed her life and the rest of the family, inspiring her father George to change careers from engineering to the nonprofit world. Eight years later, he secured an executive director position at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and dedicated his life to helping those with hearing loss.
In the words of President Eisenhower, principled change is progress, and the Fellendorf's selfless efforts did much to advance our mission. George helped AG Bell grow into what it is today - a trusted resource for children with hearing loss and their families - and Linda committed her time launching a deaf Christian women's group in Phoenix, Arizona. George's memory lives on in the AG Bell editorial suite named after him in 2013. It is here that our communications team continues the Fellendorf passion to help AG Bell advocate and provide for the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Linda passed away in August of this year and is survived by her mother, Hazel Fellendorf, her sisters, Carol Barbierri and Joyce Jackson, her son Ramin Mousavi, his wife Aimee and their children, Brandon and Miranda.
Today, I am also happy to announce the culmination of our latest efforts - a new AG Bell website. In this digital age, a website is an organization's front door, connecting it with the rest of the world and vice versa. We kept this in mind when redesigning our old website, prioritizing a more responsive interface and intuitive design. This has been a herculean effort and we - with a small, unwavering staff and limited funds - upgraded our old platform. Our logo also underwent a sleek restructure to reflect a more modern approach.
I would like to bring to your attention that this a soft launch, and for the next several months we will be improving and enhancing the site for its hard launch early next year. Although this was a collective effort on our part, we want to share this website with you as well. Your support, whether quantitative or qualitative, helped us realize this new image. We welcome any suggestions or questions you - our audience - may have about anything. I hope you will explore the new website and catch the excitement we feel for this new endeavor.